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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911899/correction-root-hair-defective-six-like-class-i-genes-promote-root-hair-development-in-the-grass-brachypodium-distachyon
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Chul Min Kim, Liam Dolan
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006211.].
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911898/bilaterian-giant-ankyrins-have-a-common-evolutionary-origin-and-play-a-conserved-role-in-patterning-the-axon-initial-segment
#2
Timothy Jegla, Michelle M Nguyen, Chengye Feng, Daniel J Goetschius, Esteban Luna, Damian B van Rossum, Bishoy Kamel, Aditya Pisupati, Elliott S Milner, Melissa M Rolls
In vertebrate neurons, the axon initial segment (AIS) is specialized for action potential initiation. It is organized by a giant 480 Kd variant of ankyrin G (AnkG) that serves as an anchor for ion channels and is required for a plasma membrane diffusion barrier that excludes somatodendritic proteins from the axon. An unusually long exon required to encode this 480Kd variant is thought to have been inserted only recently during vertebrate evolution, so the giant ankyrin-based AIS scaffold has been viewed as a vertebrate adaptation for fast, precise signaling...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911893/the-mitochondrial-m-aaa-protease-prevents-demyelination-and-hair-greying
#3
Shuaiyu Wang, Julie Jacquemyn, Sara Murru, Paola Martinelli, Esther Barth, Thomas Langer, Carien M Niessen, Elena I Rugarli
The m-AAA protease preserves proteostasis of the inner mitochondrial membrane. It ensures a functional respiratory chain, by controlling the turnover of respiratory complex subunits and allowing mitochondrial translation, but other functions in mitochondria are conceivable. Mutations in genes encoding subunits of the m-AAA protease have been linked to various neurodegenerative diseases in humans, such as hereditary spastic paraplegia and spinocerebellar ataxia. While essential functions of the m-AAA protease for neuronal survival have been established, its role in adult glial cells remains enigmatic...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906978/correction-of-rings-and-rods-regulating-cohesin-entrapment-of-dna-to-generate-intra-and-intermolecular-tethers
#4
Robert V Skibbens
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006337.].
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906975/bringing-plos-genetics-editors-to-preprint-servers
#5
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Gregory S Barsh, Casey M Bergman, Christopher D Brown, Nadia D Singh, Gregory P Copenhaver
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906968/structural-and-functional-recovery-of-sensory-cilia-in-c-elegans-ift-mutants-upon-aging
#6
Astrid Cornils, Ashish K Maurya, Lauren Tereshko, Julie Kennedy, Andrea G Brear, Veena Prahlad, Oliver E Blacque, Piali Sengupta
The majority of cilia are formed and maintained by the highly conserved process of intraflagellar transport (IFT). Mutations in IFT genes lead to ciliary structural defects and systemic disorders termed ciliopathies. Here we show that the severely truncated sensory cilia of hypomorphic IFT mutants in C. elegans transiently elongate during a discrete period of adult aging leading to markedly improved sensory behaviors. Age-dependent restoration of cilia morphology occurs in structurally diverse cilia types and requires IFT...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906959/pcna-dependent-cleavage-and-degradation-of-sde2-regulates-response-to-replication-stress
#7
Ukhyun Jo, Winson Cai, Jingming Wang, Yoojin Kwon, Alan D D'Andrea, Hyungjin Kim
Maintaining genomic integrity during DNA replication is essential for cellular survival and for preventing tumorigenesis. Proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) functions as a processivity factor for DNA replication, and posttranslational modification of PCNA plays a key role in coordinating DNA repair against replication-blocking lesions by providing a platform to recruit factors required for DNA repair and cell cycle control. Here, we identify human SDE2 as a new genome surveillance factor regulated by PCNA interaction...
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906958/middle-age-has-its-advantages
#8
Maureen M Barr
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902705/neuronal-ndrg4-is-essential-for-nodes-of-ranvier-organization-in-zebrafish
#9
Laura Fontenas, Flavia De Santis, Vincenzo Di Donato, Cindy Degerny, Béatrice Chambraud, Filippo Del Bene, Marcel Tawk
Axon ensheathment by specialized glial cells is an important process for fast propagation of action potentials. The rapid electrical conduction along myelinated axons is mainly due to its saltatory nature characterized by the accumulation of ion channels at the nodes of Ranvier. However, how these ion channels are transported and anchored along axons is not fully understood. We have identified N-myc downstream-regulated gene 4, ndrg4, as a novel factor that regulates sodium channel clustering in zebrafish. Analysis of chimeric larvae indicates that ndrg4 functions autonomously within neurons for sodium channel clustering at the nodes...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902701/heads-shoulders-elbows-knees-and-toes-modular-gdf5-enhancers-control-different-joints-in-the-vertebrate-skeleton
#10
Hao Chen, Terence D Capellini, Michael Schoor, Doug P Mortlock, A Hari Reddi, David M Kingsley
Synovial joints are crucial for support and locomotion in vertebrates, and are the frequent site of serious skeletal defects and degenerative diseases in humans. Growth and differentiation factor 5 (Gdf5) is one of the earliest markers of joint formation, is required for normal joint development in both mice and humans, and has been genetically linked to risk of common osteoarthritis in Eurasian populations. Here, we systematically survey the mouse Gdf5 gene for regulatory elements controlling expression in synovial joints...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902698/correction-predicting-carriers-of-ongoing-selective-sweeps-without-knowledge-of-the-favored-allele
#11
Roy Ronen, Glenn Tesler, Ali Akbari, Shay Zakov, Noah A Rosenberg, Vineet Bafna
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005527.].
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902697/a-novel-zebrafish-ret-heterozygous-model-of-hirschsprung-disease-identifies-a-functional-role-for-mapk10-as-a-modifier-of-enteric-nervous-system-phenotype-severity
#12
Tiffany A Heanue, Werend Boesmans, Donald M Bell, Koichi Kawakami, Pieter Vanden Berghe, Vassilis Pachnis
Hirschsprung disease (HSCR) is characterized by absence of enteric neurons from the distal colon and severe intestinal dysmotility. To understand the pathophysiology and genetics of HSCR we developed a unique zebrafish model that allows combined genetic, developmental and in vivo physiological studies. We show that ret mutant zebrafish exhibit cellular, physiological and genetic features of HSCR, including absence of intestinal neurons, reduced peristalsis, and varying phenotype expressivity in the heterozygous state...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902688/correction-the-diguanylate-cyclase-hsbd-intersects-with-the-hptb-regulatory-cascade-to-control-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-and-motility
#13
Martina Valentini, Benoît-Joseph Laventie, Joana A Moscoso, Urs Jenal, Alain Filloux
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006354.].
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902686/genomic-characterization-of-metformin-hepatic-response
#14
Marcelo R Luizon, Walter L Eckalbar, Yao Wang, Stacy L Jones, Robin P Smith, Megan Laurance, Lawrence Lin, Paul J Gallins, Amy S Etheridge, Fred Wright, Yihui Zhou, Cliona Molony, Federico Innocenti, Sook Wah Yee, Kathleen M Giacomini, Nadav Ahituv
Metformin is used as a first-line therapy for type 2 diabetes (T2D) and prescribed for numerous other diseases. However, its mechanism of action in the liver has yet to be characterized in a systematic manner. To comprehensively identify genes and regulatory elements associated with metformin treatment, we carried out RNA-seq and ChIP-seq (H3K27ac, H3K27me3) on primary human hepatocytes from the same donor treated with vehicle control, metformin or metformin and compound C, an AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) inhibitor (allowing to identify AMPK-independent pathways)...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898685/high-resolution-phenotypic-landscape-of-the-rna-polymerase-ii-trigger-loop
#15
Chenxi Qiu, Olivia C Erinne, Jui M Dave, Ping Cui, Huiyan Jin, Nandhini Muthukrishnan, Leung K Tang, Sabareesh Ganesh Babu, Kenny C Lam, Paul J Vandeventer, Ralf Strohner, Jan Van den Brulle, Sing-Hoi Sze, Craig D Kaplan
The active sites of multisubunit RNA polymerases have a "trigger loop" (TL) that multitasks in substrate selection, catalysis, and translocation. To dissect the Saccharomyces cerevisiae RNA polymerase II TL at individual-residue resolution, we quantitatively phenotyped nearly all TL single variants en masse. Three mutant classes, revealed by phenotypes linked to transcription defects or various stresses, have distinct distributions among TL residues. We find that mutations disrupting an intra-TL hydrophobic pocket, proposed to provide a mechanism for substrate-triggered TL folding through destabilization of a catalytically inactive TL state, confer phenotypes consistent with pocket disruption and increased catalysis...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893753/correction-rare-functional-variant-in-tm2d3-is-associated-with-late-onset-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
(no author information available yet)
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006327.].
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893742/maintenance-of-taste-organs-is-strictly-dependent-on-epithelial-hedgehog-gli-signaling
#17
Alexandre N Ermilov, Archana Kumari, Libo Li, Ariell M Joiner, Marina A Grachtchouk, Benjamin L Allen, Andrzej A Dlugosz, Charlotte M Mistretta
For homeostasis, lingual taste papilla organs require regulation of epithelial cell survival and renewal, with sustained innervation and stromal interactions. To investigate a role for Hedgehog/GLI signaling in adult taste organs we used a panel of conditional mouse models to manipulate GLI activity within epithelial cells of the fungiform and circumvallate papillae. Hedgehog signaling suppression rapidly led to taste bud loss, papilla disruption, and decreased proliferation in domains of papilla epithelium that contribute to taste cells...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880765/mechanisms-for-complex-chromosomal-insertions
#18
Shen Gu, Przemyslaw Szafranski, Zeynep Coban Akdemir, Bo Yuan, Mitchell L Cooper, Maria A Magriñá, Carlos A Bacino, Seema R Lalani, Amy M Breman, Janice L Smith, Ankita Patel, Rodger H Song, Weimin Bi, Sau Wai Cheung, Claudia M B Carvalho, Paweł Stankiewicz, James R Lupski
Chromosomal insertions are genomic rearrangements with a chromosome segment inserted into a non-homologous chromosome or a non-adjacent locus on the same chromosome or the other homologue, constituting ~2% of nonrecurrent copy-number gains. Little is known about the molecular mechanisms of their formation. We identified 16 individuals with complex insertions among 56,000 individuals tested at Baylor Genetics using clinical array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875531/loss-of-c9orf72-enhances-autophagic-activity-via-deregulated-mtor-and-tfeb-signaling
#19
Janet Ugolino, Yon Ju Ji, Karen Conchina, Justin Chu, Raja Sekhar Nirujogi, Akhilesh Pandey, Nathan R Brady, Anne Hamacher-Brady, Jiou Wang
The most common cause of the neurodegenerative diseases amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia is a hexanucleotide repeat expansion in C9orf72. Here we report a study of the C9orf72 protein by examining the consequences of loss of C9orf72 functions. Deletion of one or both alleles of the C9orf72 gene in mice causes age-dependent lethality phenotypes. We demonstrate that C9orf72 regulates nutrient sensing as the loss of C9orf72 decreases phosphorylation of the mTOR substrate S6K1. The transcription factor EB (TFEB), a master regulator of lysosomal and autophagy genes, which is negatively regulated by mTOR, is substantially up-regulated in C9orf72 loss-of-function animal and cellular models...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870871/functional-genomic-analysis-of-candida-albicans-adherence-reveals-a-key-role-for-the-arp2-3-complex-in-cell-wall-remodelling-and-biofilm-formation
#20
Jason A Lee, Nicole Robbins, Jinglin L Xie, Troy Ketela, Leah E Cowen
Fungal biofilms are complex, structured communities that can form on surfaces such as catheters and other indwelling medical devices. Biofilms are of particular concern with Candida albicans, one of the leading opportunistic fungal pathogens of humans. C. albicans biofilms include yeast and filamentous cells that are surrounded by an extracellular matrix, and they are intrinsically resistant to antifungal drugs such that resolving biofilm infections often requires surgery to remove the contaminated device. C...
November 2016: PLoS Genetics
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